A young boy is found outside an NYC apartment eating from the family's garbage. When SVU is called in, they find out the boy, Jacob, isn't homeless, but is actually from a nearby home and ... See full summary »

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A young boy is found outside an NYC apartment eating from the family's garbage. When SVU is called in, they find out the boy, Jacob, isn't homeless, but is actually from a nearby home and lives with his mother and older brother, Adam. Troubled by the fact that a child eating garbage has a home in a decent neighborhood, Elliot and Olivia investigate further only to find the mother's ideals on raising her children radical and abusive. Unable to legally remove the children, SVU is forced to send Jacob back home, but Elliot is uneasy the whole time. Later that night Elliot gets a call and suspects it's Jacob calling for help. He goes to check on the little boy only to find him dead. Now SVU has to figure out what led to the tragedy.

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Homeschooling and health food as signs of abuse?
20 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love SVU, but I could not finish this episode. It begins with a boy eating out of a garbage can and uttering the heart-breaking words "Please don't tell my mom I was eating." I expected it to progress from there to a story of a mother whose eating-disorder was so severe that she was subjecting her children to it. Wrong. The first evidence the detectives discover that something is wrong is that the boy and his brother are home schooled. How is that a bad thing? I was home schooled until high school, and though I have some problems with it I have more problems with the public school system. The second problem is discovered when the detectives speak with the older brother's former teacher and she informs them that the boy was not allowed to eat school lunch, because his mother packed him a lunch of "nuts, raw veggies, protein drinks." There is absolutely nothing wrong with that lunch and the assertion she goes on to make that o seven-year-old would eat it is both insulting and ludicrous. So yes, it was clear that the mother had control issues, but it was more clear that the writers had problems with homeschooling and healthy food. If I ever have children then I will most assuredly pack there lunches. It would be negligence to do anything else in a country where pizza is considered a vegetable. What's next, ketchup?


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